Great digital products for civic engagement

We design and build engaging digital experiences

Digital strategy

Data analysis and interactive visualization

Open data, transparency, participation

Development, the smart way

We are a small team of designers and builders that enjoy working in projects with impact. We work with you to conceptualize, design and build digital strategies and products that work.

Strategy

  • Services and experiences definition
  • Engagement
  • Communications

Design

  • User experience
  • Interaction design
  • Data visualization

Technology

  • Web development
  • Ruby on Rails consultancy
  • Open data

Populate was founded by Álvaro Ortiz and Fernando Blat in 2015. We have been working together for more than 15 years in different projects: offering business consultancy to big cos; creating online spaces for millions of users; defining and launching startups; organizing events and participating in communities.

Halfway between activism and consultancy, we are a professional services firm with numerous projects around civic engagement. We have great transparency and participation experts in Spain and Latin America as advisors.

These are some things we have built in past lifes...

Actuable, 1 million activists in one year We created Actuable, the petitions portal which grew to +1 million members in less than a year since launch. We deployed the first version within 3 weeks and we evolved the project until it was acquired by Change.org, world leader.

Irekia, open government pioneers in Spain We were part of the team that conceptualized and defined Irekia, a pioneer open government portal created by the Basque Country in Spain. We developed the interaction model that articulated citizen participation facilitating processes, information architecture, and tools.

AbreDatos, biggest spanish open data hackathon We organized AbreDatos, the biggest open data hackathon in Spain. We started up the event with a team of volunteers from idea to execution. We engaged hundreds of participants, along with private companies and public administrations.

La Coctelera, a huge community We created what was the biggest blogging community in Spain and Latin America when blogs thanks to a tool designed with the user in mind, and not as technical as what was the norm at the time (around 2005).

We created Populate to be able to work with a professional structure in issues that interest us: transparency, participation, data, civic engagement, media... There is a global issue that modulates many of the things we do: to foster a culture of critic use of data by citizens. Take a look at the projects we have done recently.

Let's work together

Do you have a project you think we might help with? Tell us: what you need, when, how we fit in, what is your budget range...

Work with us

Would you like to work with us? Write us to lets@populate.tools and tell us why ;) We'll post here open positions, although we are always on the look for Ruby On Rails devs, designers, data visualization geeks...